Archive for the 'Lake County' Category

December 17, 2018

Every Day is a New Challenge

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

“When I had nowhere to go, you were there for me,” explains Amelia.

One day she came home after picking her kids up from school to discover her husband had abandoned their family. As a stay at home mom, she had no income to pay bills or rent. Within a month, she and her four children under 16 began living in their car.

Devastated, but determined not to let the situation define her, Amelia turned to a FAITH Neighborhood Center, a local food pantry in Second Harvest’s powerful network of 550 feeding partners, for help.  Over the next 10 months, Amelia relied on the consistent access to dry goods, produce and bread from the pantry while she secured stable housing and found a job.

“There was a time when I felt like I had nothing, but you were angels to me, through thick and thin,” said Amelia.

With a positive outlook, Amelia rises each day and looks forward to new challenges. She’s thankful for her job at a laundry service, the running water in her home and that her kids are happy, healthy and full when she tucks them into bed each night.

“We’ve been on a bumpy road this year, but the ride is getting smoother. Thank you,” said Amelia.

December 13, 2018

Marie Celebrates a Culinary Success for the Holidays

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

From the time she was young, Marie has wanted to own her own business. She knew education would be the key to her success, but it was always just out of reach. A single mother with a 16-month-old daughter, she was juggling work as a prep cook with the stress of a young child when a friend told her about the Culinary Training Program at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Marie entered the program to expand her culinary skills, learn different cuisines and gain a better understanding of essential life skills like communication, teamwork, budgeting and interviewing.

“Education is everything,” Marie explains, adding, “This program is helping me prepare for a career, not just a job.”

Marie’s dedication is already paying dividends. While completing the program, her employer at Orlando International Airport recognized her new skills and raised her hourly rate. Her goal is to work hard, keep learning and one day open a restaurant.

“In my heart, I’m celebrating,” Marie says. “I’m thankful for the program and the supporters that made it possible. They provided me with the training and the tools to be successful, everything, including the shoes.”

To learn more about Second Harvest’s 16-week Culinary Training program visit www.feedhopenow.org/culinarytraining.

December 4, 2018

Cold Weather Chicken & Dumplings Recipe

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Ingredients

  • 1 box (20 oz.) of Bisquick
  • 1 can (10.5 oz.) cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can (10.5 oz.) cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can (10.5 oz.) cream of celery soup
  • 1 can (10.5 oz.) chicken broth
  • 1 soup can (10.5 oz.) milk
  • 1 soup can (10.5 oz.) water
  • 2 chicken breasts, shredded or canned chicken (12 oz.)

 

Directions:

1. Make Bisquick dough according to box directions and set aside.

2. Empty all cans of soup and broth into large pot. Save two empty soup cans and fill one with

water and one with milk, and pour into pot.

3. Simmer chicken breast in liquid for about 20 minutes until it is soft enough to shred. Carefully remove
chicken from pot and shred into pieces. Add shredded chicken back into the pot. Bring the liquid and chicken
to a boil and drop the Bisquick dough by tablespoons into the hot liquid. Reduce heat to a simmer.
Add more water if soup becomes too thick.

4. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Watch the pot so it doesn’t boil over.

5. Cook uncovered 10 more minutes until dumplings are cooked through.

6. Enjoy!

Note: Diced potatoes and carrots, or sliced celery or mushrooms can also be added in.

March 13, 2018

Partner Agency Conference 2018

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

On Thursday March 8th 2018, over 150 Partner Agencies with close to 300 people attended the 3rd Annual Partner Agency Conference at Calvary Orlando. This years theme was Second Harvest Luau and the participants wore their favorite Luau attire and had a great time. We offered 8 breakout sessions and 2 general sessions focusing on Health and Hunger and Advocacy.  A Huge Thank You to all the staff who helped in the planning, facilitating and giving support the day of the event. The volunteers felt loved and supported and learned a lot of valuable information.

We also presented awards to some of our Agencies. The Feed Award went to St Cloud Community Pantry, the Lead Award went to Catholic Charities, the Strengthen Award was awarded to Faith Neighborhood Center, Capacity Building Award went to Hands for Healing, Lifetime Achievement was presented to Jerry Doyle from First Baptist Church of Umatilla and Person of the Year was Chris Assanah from Operation Love Outreach. Our 2018 Hurricane Heroes are No One Hungry-Brevard, Joining Hands in Food Ministry-Lake, Good Samaritan Outreach-Orange, Iglesia Cristiana Renuevo-Osceola, The Picnic Project-Seminole and Provision Packs –Volusia.